We have great time with Akira. He is very professional and polite. He made the difference in our stay in Tokyo. With his professional help , he guided us to lots of neighborhoods in Tokyo, explained the culture and history of Japan and help us with the chosen of restaurants for lunch. Thank you Akira!
Dear Carla, Thank you so much for the great review. It was so interedting for me to hear from you about everything you saw and you experienced during the tour since it helped me to see my loving city from deferent angle. I’m looking forward to having another chance to guide you in my loving city. Obrigado Carla! Akira
Akira was wonderful! This was our first time visiting Japan for my fiancée and I. We enjoyed and learned so much about the Japanese history, culture, and language. Navigating the subway system with him was such a breeze since we got lost a few times before on our own. His recommendations for food were excellent! I had two bowls of ramen (yes, I eat a lot!), and my fiancée really enjoyed the traditional Japanese sweets. He was flexible, accommodating, very sweet, and funny. Time flew by for us for the one day. From the Tokyo tower, to the gorgeous palace, the beautiful shrine, the Shibuya crossing, Harajuku, and yes even the free gag, every moment was fun and memorable. We really felt like locals walking around with him. We had a great time getting to know him as well (hopefully he also lea... read more
Dear Alci, Thank you so much for the great review. Yes, we all had a great time. I’m so happy that you felt like locals and I can tell that you enjoyed walking, observing, and eating like one of us. Yes, I too, learned about your interesting culture. It was my pleasure to be a part of very important trip for both of you. I know that you will make a happy family with love and laughter. Hope you will have another chance to come back and let’s talk more about anime and manga! Sincerely, Akira
Akira was both knowledgeable and helpful. He had a natural and open approach to the four adults in our party and was very willing to accomodate are particular interests. His English was very good. We can recommend Akira for an informative and pleasant guided tour around Tokyo.
Dear James, Thank you very much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour and so happy that we could share great time. I am wishing that you will discover many treasure for the rest of the trip in Japan. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
We had such a wonderful day with Akira. The communication ahead of time before our trip was excellent, he was always responsive to my emails and did a great job planning the day. Of course, when the day came, we had to make a couple of adjustments...and Akira was incredibly flexible, it only took him a couple of minutes to make some suggestions and we were on our way. It was a very hot and humid day so once he saw that my 11-year-old son was tiring, he factored in a number of water breaks and rests, we never once felt rushed. Akira has excellent English skills and we understood each other easily. He didn't just take us to places but explained the history, we learned the proper way to pray and get our fortunes at a couple of the shrines, and definitely have a much better understanding of... read more
Dear Lorne, Thank you so much for the great review. Yes, I am super nice guy when I am being with super nice people like you and your son. I know you had a great time for the rest of your trip in Japan because you and your clever son have good heart that make people treat you nice. Please take care and I hope you have another chance to come back and explore my loving city together. Sincerely, Akira
We were very appreciative of Akira’s guidance. He was prepared and shared terrific details about the places we went. He took great care to make sure we saw Japan and appreciated the culture in great detail. The first day was more traditional and we saw shrines and temples along with the fist market etc. At the end of our trip, we wanted to make sure we saw other parts of the culture and Akira was sure to make that happen. You will not go wrong with Akira and will be very happy with him as your guide. He knew the subway system like the back of his hand and had a lot of great information to share.
Hello Cynthia, Thank you so much for your great review. I’m so happy that all of you enjoyed the city. It was so nice to listen to what you experienced in other city and share your insight of Japan, so nice to see the crime novelist excited about local curry place, so nice to see little samurais swinging swords with happy smile. I hope you come back again and go deep more into my loving city and my people. Dewa Mata! Akira
Akira customized our tour to our needs and desires, providing Japanese history along with local off the beaten path local treasures. Akira took us to a Japanese only Tempura restaurant that allowed us dine, this was absolutely an incredible and unique experience. Akira has become more than a tour but a friend. We thoroughly enjoyed his friendship as well as the uniquely blended tour.
Dear Ralph, Thank you very much for the great review. It make me feel so happy to see you and your happy family, with warm heart and open minds, enjoying my loving city fully. Hope we have another chance to explore the city together and have great time together. Thank you for inviting me to your city. I’m looking forward the day I buy you the best BBQ that your city can offer. Sincerely, Akira
Despite the heat- was able to see everything in Tokyo that we requested for the day and Akira was knowledgable, friendly and patient with our two boys who was part of our family group. It was a good insight into how to get around Tokyo so we could do the rest ourselves . Enjoyed the lunch where locals ate (rather than a tourist centred restaurant ) which was also very reasonable. It was a good insight and worth having a guide as we got feel for the city and saved a lot of time not getting lost in such an amazing place.
Dear Maurice, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the day though we experienced unprecedented heat. I hope the tour was a good introduction for you and you had great a time for the rest of the trip in Japan. It will always be my pleasure to be a guide for happy family like yours and hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Akira.
We had Akira as our guide for two scorching days in Tokyo. Akira was beyond excellent. He showed flexibility, was courteous, professional and gracious. We made changes on the fly and Akira was able to address all our needs. We cannot recommend Akira higher. I hope our singing at Karyoke did not injure his ears!
Dear Wesley, Thank you very much for the great review. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the days with me. It was my pleasure, and also so much fun, to be a guide for happy family like yours, modest dad, jolly mom, smart daughter (speaks fluent Japanese), and son with pure heart. Your singing was not as bad as you might think (It was my hope that my singing injured your ears!). Karaoke which I think is not an attraction to sing good but to open our heart through singing, no matter how good or bad we sing, just like what we experienced that day. I hope you come back and have another chance to be your guide again. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
Akita was fantastic and speaks excellent English. We spent a whole day getting a taste of what Tokyo has to offer (and are keen to return). He was able to incorporate the Pokémon cafe and Star Wars collectable shopping into the itinerary for us along with a wonderful ramen restaurant for lunch, which our teenager said was the best food he’s ever had. Very worthwhile experience and we highly recommend Akira to any travellers who would like to make to most of one day in Tokyo.
Hello Larissa, Thank you so much for the great review. It was so nice to see all of you having a great time with happy smile. I will always remember the fantastic moment of your son meeting giant Pokémon in the cafe. It was like a meeting of his best friend from previous life. I hope you have another chance to come back explore more about my city and to have another great time. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was a perfect host. We only had one day in Tokyo. We saw so much more than we could have achieved ourselves. The Sky Garden was my highlight, and the delicious Tempura lunch. Having someone navigate the subway for us was great and then ensuring we got to the airport in time. Highly recommend Akira!
Dear Julia, Thank you so much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a part of the wonderful day you had with your good friends, good view, and good food. We were so luckey to be the one that finished last 4 set of Tempura in that restaurant. I am so happy to see all of you enjoying the best one that Tokyo can offer. Hope you come back again to explore more about my loving city. Sincerely, Akira
Thank you, Akira for a very fun and informative day in Tokyo. We all enjoyed it!
Dear Heather, It was my pleasure to be a part of the pilgrmage you had with your precious sons. I am wishing that you will have a great time with discovery for the rest of your trip. Thank you very much for finding me and hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Akira
My family have been all over the world and met many tour guides but Akira was Far and above the Best Guide we've ever met, We had a very brief stay in Tokyo and without a good guide it would have been impossible to get around to see the sights, We focused on the Asakusa, Harajuku and Shibuya areas and got to see the Sensoji Temple and the Meiji Jinju shrine amongst many other sights and Akira explained to us the various customs at each which we of course engaged in and my Daughter was thrilled to participate in including picking Her own fortune and Writing Her wishes on a wooden plate, Akira is Very detail oriented and caring and made sure at various times is we were happy with everything which of course we were and took many family pictures of us Including running ahead on the Shibuya Cr... read more
Dear Larry, Thank you very much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for happy family like yours. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day with me. Though we were in the middle of the rainy season, the weather on the day was good. I think it was because you’re blessed family and that must be the reason why we could find seats for us at the Starbucks. I hope you will have another chance to come back to Tokyo sometime soon and discover more about my loving city and people. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was a fantastic guide, he took us around the highlights of Tokyo, recommended great places to eat and squeezed in an extra visit to a garden that was on route when we mentioned that we were garden enthusiasts. His knowledge gave us a great introduction to Japan. Thank you so much Akira
Dear Jennifer, Thank you so much for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour with me. We were so lucky that the time was perfect for us to enjoy beautiful iris garden. I am wishing that you’ll have a great time for the rest of the trip in Japan and the trip will give a good vibe to your new born baby. Sincerely, Akira
We had the pleasure to meet Akira for day tours which turned out to be an excellent decision. Many guides promise to prepare an individual tour but mostly it doesn't turn out to be tailor made. Akira instead took our wishes to explore the city in a non touristic way serious and brought us to places which we would never have found by ourselves. My partner, a friend and I had many topics to share with Akira and he was never tired of explaining and sharing his thoughts. If you are looking for a reliable, high knowledgable and friendly guide - you get it all in one person.
Dear Susann, It was my pleasure to be your guide and I am so happy that you enjoyed the day with me. Taking all of you to the local places such as the “local restaurant” was interesting experience for me because some food I ordered, which I thought were very much local, were actually very familiar to you. I am hoping that there’ll be another chance for you to come back and dig more about local places in Tokyo together. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely, Akira
Akira is very kind, considerate and sensitive to our needs. If there are instances that we need to decide on something, he made sure he opens different options for us. Definitely a superb guide!
Dear Anna, Thank you for the wonderful review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour with me. It was my pleasure to be a part of your 10th anniversary of your wedding. I am wishing that you and Patrick will have a great time for the rest of your stay in Japan and rest of your life. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
All our expatstions where meet Akira made sure all our needs where meet he was prompt polite I would not hesitate to use his services again
Vern, Thank you very much for the great review. I wonder where shall I bring you to for lunch next time beside Katsu-curry and Monjya. I am looking forward to being chosen as your guide again. I am wishing that you will have a great time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Sincerely, Akira
We booked Akira for a tour for one of our 6 days in Tokyo. We figured we could navigate through the more well known areas ourselves so we asked Akira to show us some of the lesser known, “hidden gems” of the city. He did exactly that and took us to some beautiful temples, shrines, and gardens that were not packed with other tourists. For lunch, Akira took us to a local restaurant that had some simple but fantastic food that we will reminisce about for a while. Akira was also easy to communicate with in person and through email leading up to our tour. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him and would definitely recommend him as a tour guide!
Dear Arthur, Thank you so much for the great review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day with me. It was so nice to see you enjoying very local atmosphere and food. I am so glad that you could become the witness of some of the sceneries that disappearing from Tokyo today. If you have another chance to come to Tokyo, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to show you around again. Sincerely, Akira Nakashima
We loved having Akira show us around on our first day in Tokyo. He was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating. He took us to Shibuya, Harajuku, Meji Shrine, and Asakusa. He answered all our questions and made us feel very welcome. He was extremely kind and we learned so much about Tokyo and Shinto culture and rituals. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wonderful day seeing and learning about Tokyo.
Dear Rebecca, Thank you very much for the great review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for happy family with good heart. I am wishing that the rest of the days in Japan will be enjoyable and memorable one for all of you. Have a safe journey! Akira PS Sorry for my being useless at the “photo booth” in Harajuku....!
Akira did a great job as a tour guide for us when we were in Tokyo. Very knowledgeable and even as we changed the locations and schedule on the day of the event he was very accommodating.
Jonathan, Thank you so much for the great review. I feel relief that you enjoyed the tour though the weather was not so pleasant. I am looking forward to having another chance to introduce different Ramen and Katsu place that I assume you will love! Thank you, Akira
Our guide Akira took us on a memorable tour of the highlights of Japan. Using the Subway we were able to explore many wonderful places. Akira was very knowledgeable and told us many interesting facts about Tokyo and its history. He took us to a local restaurant for lunch. It was one of the highlights of our day. Akira speaks fluent English and he has a warm, happy personality which made him a pleasure to be with.
Hello Mark, Thank you very much for great review. You are so blessed that we could enjoy the day in a perfect weather. I still can recall the good time we had in Tsukishima at local restaurant in 100% local atmosphere surrounded by locals. I am so happy that you enjoyed it and I admire the way you treat people with respect. Thank you very much for choosing me and hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Akira
Akira was a great guide! He went out of his way to amend our tour throughout the day, he advised us on train systems & getting pasmo cards since we were exploring only Tokyo. He took us to one of the best Ramen eatery in shinjuku and helped us find my twin boys toys. My son (11yr old) thoroughly enjoyed the samurai museum, temples, chatting & information on history of Tokyo. Thank you very much Akira, you were wonderful :)
Hello Angel, I hope you well. It was my pleasure to be your guide for the very first full day of your Tokyo stay. I am so happy that you and Tian enjoyed the day especially ramen that we had. If you have another chance to come to Tokyo again, I will be happy to take you to another good ramen place. I am wishing that what you experienced in Tokyo were all memorable and full of discovery. Sincerely, Akira
We stayed in Tokyo for an additional three days after our 15 days Asia cruise and booked two days of tours with Akira. The first day was 5 hours and second 7 hours of seeing the top sights. We had an enjoyable time and were able to see the sights, but believe with a little homework probably could have just as easily have done this on our own. Akira, was very prompt at meeting us at our hotel each day and in fact was early each day. Realize that most of the sights are quite a distant apart which required us to take the train everywhere for short visits then back not the train so anticipate spending a lot more money on train fares plus the guide. I think we had a bit of a miss-step on day 2 of our tour when we toured the inner market of the Tsukiji fish market. After viewing literally t... read more
Keith, Thank you very much for the review. I will take your remarks into consideration to provide better service. Thank you again, for giving me a chance to take a fresh look on what I have done. Sincerely yours, Akira Nakashima
It was such a pleasure to be guided by Akira for 3 days in Tokyo. We are 4 senior citizens who wanted to experience as many of the wonderful sights as possible in our limited time. Akira expertly took us through the extensive subway system zipping around town always finding elevators and escalators to spare our vintage knees. We wanted to sample Japanese cuisine and Akira knew the best places for authentic and delicious delights. We learned so much about Japanese culture and history from Akira, he is truly a delightfully knowledgeable & conscientious tour guide. We would not hesitate to recommend him to friends & family visiting Tokyo.
Sally, Thank you so much for your great review. It was my pleasure to guide all of you and I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour with me. I can easily imagine that you all had a great time in Kyoto and enjoy communicating with people. Please take care of yourself, especially your "vintage knees", because there will be lot more good things waiting for you in Tohoku and Hokkaido! Thank you again for finding me and choosing me as your travel companion. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Sincerely, Akira
One of the main reasons I selected AKIRA was that on his demo video is English was excellent and he seemed as a genuine and warm person. We were not disappointed. We booked him for 2 days and we were very glad that we did. He spoke English well, clearly and not too fast and he was the best English speaking guide we ever had in Japan after several trips. He was punctual, very knowledgeable and helpful in organising a detailed itinerary which suited perfectly our specific requirements. He was polite, considerate and a real gentleman. We can only recommend him very highly as he will be a great asset to make sure that your stay in Tokyo is productive and enjoyable.
Hello Christopher, First of all, thank you very much for the great review and I am very pleased that you satisfied the tour. Also, I would like to thank you for inviting me a special dinner. Guiding you was really a good birthday present for me on that day, not only because the guide fee you kindly paid but your insight and sincere comment about what you felt about my country and people. As a tourist destination for foreign visitors, Japan may still be a frontier compare to other major cities even though so much improvement have been made for the past few years. I hope that I could be a part of another improvement to make visitors like you to feel more comfortable and enjoyable in this strange, funny, and unique city. Thank you very much for everything. Sincerely, Akira Nakas... read more
Thank you so much to Akira for the lovely tour tailored perfectly to our family. Your rapport with the children at the temple and the great experiences at the rabbit cafe and Pokémon cafe where total highlights :). Thank you ever so much. I would recommend you to anyone!
Tara, Thank you very much for the review. I am happy that you all enjoyed the day with me and hoping that the tour will make a good introduction to the city. Please enjoy the rest of the day and I am wishing that this Trip will be a memorable one for you and your wonderful family. Enjoy TDL! Sincerely , Akira
We found Akira to be friendly and open to any requests we had. He answered all our questions and took the trouble to find the answer if he did not know it. We visited traditional areas of Tokyo, and he brought them to life for us. We had a great two days, and would heartily recommend him.
Akira is an excellent tour guide! We enjoyed his company, conversation and he is easily to understand and funny. He displayed good knowledge of Tokyo, although at time, he has his confusion as well with the complexity of Tokyo train and rail system. We enjoyed the places he took us especially the local ramen, with Afuri as our number 1 favourite. Akira, in a very short time, established a great rapport with my son, who at time was impatient and tired. Akira remains my son’s favorite tour guides out of many tour guides we have used from Triplelignt.
We had a wonderful two days with Akira. He was very knowledgeable, funny, and customized an itinerary based on what we wanted to see and do. His English was excellent. We had a lot in common, so spent time in between sights talking about literature and movies. I would highly recommend him as a guide!
Hello Nancie, Thank you do much for the review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the two days with me. It was so nice that I could discover that we have something in common and made me feel that I am not the only one. Please don’t be a stranger if you would have another chance to come to Tokyo. Sincerely, Akira
Akira is a fantastic guide. He is punctual, detailed and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our time with Akira and highly recommend his service.
Ursula-san, I hope all of you well and enjoying trip to Kyoto. Thank you very much for the review. It was my pleasure to be a guide for your first international trip. It was so good to see your wonderful children excited at the market and gachapon place. I hope this was a good introduction of my country and people. Please don’t be a stranger if you would have another chance to come to Tokyo. Sincerely, Akira
I’m not sure where to begin. Akira was simply amazing. We were a complicated group of 7 (two marathon runners, different arrival times, and different dietary restrictions). Akira was able to adjust our itineraries at a moments notice and made sure that we saw the highlights of Tokyo. He guided us through the city with ease and was extremely knowledgeable. He would even stop and get samples of local fare to make sure that we didn’t miss anything that Tokyo had to offer. We even went above and beyond to help us coordinate taxis for our move from the hotel to our AirBnB and our bullet train tickets to our next city. From the wonderful restaurants that he choose to the small extra details that he added on the fly, he made our trip to Tokyo truly memorable. I can’t recommend Akira enough as a g... read more
Chad, Thank you for the warm message. It was so nice and so much fun to guide you and your folks, a bunch of colorful and jolly people from US. I am sure that you have been good and the rest of the trip to Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima has been enjoyable because I think people in Japan has basically helpful even though there will always be language barrier and and most importantly, because you have a good heart. Oh, I forgot giving you a list of books regarding folklore and mythology in Japan. I hope it will help, and I am sure that there are translated version of them. Mythology: Kojiki Folklore: Kojyaku Monogatari Uji Shui Monogatari Well, I hope you come back to Tokyo again and I am looking forward to guiding you this strange and funny city. Thank you. Akira
I gave one of the tours of Akira to my son as a birthday present, as he was to travel to Tokyo soon after his birthday. And my son told me that he really liked the tour and he was very enthusiastic about it. The tour was custom made by Akira for my son and they went to go see a lot of different things during the day. Akira explained a lot of things, for example about how to travel the metro, the difference between buddhism and shintoism, and about Japanese custums, My son also very much liked the lunch at the okonomiyaki restaurant, and visiting the tempel. I'm very glad I chose Akira for this tour, and would happily do it again in the future. Akira was also very attentive about communication, and was very polite. Absolutely a great tour guide!
Hello Michael-san, I am so glad that he enjoyed the tour. I, too, enjoyed taking him around the city. He is a man with good heart. I like the way he behaved and treat people in different culture. It was so nice to see young gentleman from Netherlands who amazed by anything he saw and heard. I could easily see that he was raised in a good family with care, so much laughter, independent spirit, and most importantly, with love from parents. I am hoping that there will be another chance to be his guide. And if you have a chance to come to Tokyo, I am willing to be your guide, too. Sincerely, Akira
I engaged Akira-san to guide me for 7 hours during a Monday on my very first trip to Japan. He far exceeded all expectations in giving give me a great overview of Tokyo highlights as well as navigate the Metro. I will absolutely engage Akira-san again when I next visit to get more in-depth tours os specific sights. Thank you Akira-san for the great conversation, company, insights and a gentle introduction to Japan.
Salish-san, I hope you well. Thank you very much for your comment. It was my pleasure to introduce you my city to a man with good heart like you. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tour and I, too, enjoyed the tour and variety of conversation we had during the tour. I hope that the business meeting that was scheduled on the next day of the tour went good. Also, I am hoping that you will have another chance to come to Japan, with your family next time, and to be your guide again. Best wishes, Akira
Akira was an exceptional tour guid. We used him for two full days. We visited numerous points throughout Toyko. He was extremely flexible, especially when we had decided to make some last minute changes along the way. He also took us to some very unique, locals only places, that we likely would have never expericed had we done things on our own. Thanks to Akira we were able to make the best use of our time in Tokyo. Akira is a great ambassador to his nation and does a more than sufficant job of explaining everything in great deatail. You will not be disappointed if you use him as your guid.
Thomas Thank you very much for nice review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the day with me and also It was my pleasure to be involved in your “life-changing” experiences. How was the driving trip to the west? I am sure that you discovered so many things. There might be language barrier, but I am sure that people with good heart like two of you had no problem in anywhere in Japan. I am looking forward to having another chance to guide you again. Thank you. Akira
We had a day you’re with Akira in Nov 17. Akira is a fantastic guide, fluent in English, very knowledgeable of Tokyo, Japanese customs and traditions, and Local history. He met us at our hotel on time and organised a great introduction to Tokyo tour for a full day. I would happily do another tour with Akira and would recommend him to others. We are a family with two teenage children from Australia and only speak English.
Mathew, Thank you very much for the review. I am vey happy that you enjoyed the tour. You have been to Kyoto, Osaka, and now Tokyo, too and there will be a lot more treasure to discover. I am hoping that you will have another chance to come back again and enjoy the strange and beautiful country that I love. Sincerely, Akira NAKASHIMA
We had the best day in Tokyo with Akira! We only had two full days here, so I wanted to see as much as I could in a short time. I definitely recommend one of these tours if you are pressed for time, or even if you aren’t! On our tour, we took the train to Asakusa, Akihabara, Meiji Shrine, and Harajuku. We stopped at a rabbit cafe and a really good ramen restaurant in Akihabara. Akira was very flexible, patient and was willing to take us wherever we wanted to go. He answered all of our many questions about Japanese culture and pretty much anything else we could think of. We never felt awkward or uncomfortable, and the conversation flowed so nicely all day. Harajuku was the last stop, and he was so patient while my daughter was shopping. We talked and laughed the whole time, and It felt like... read more
Hello Lara, Thank yo very very much for your warm message. I am on my way to meet another client and I am sure that I can have a good day with them because of your mesage cheers me up. I am so happy that you enjoy the day with me and I thank you for giving me the idea what it’s like to go to “the shop” like we went in Akihabara ha ha. I have been doing guide for couple of years and never thought that I would quit, because of people like you and your daughter. If you have another chance to come to the city again, just don’t be a stranger! Well, like I said before, “Sayonara” sounds like “Farewell”, I will say “Dewa-Mata”’ meaning “See you.” Akira
Akira-san took good care of us over the 2 days. He took pains to tailor the tour to our preferences. He is very knowledgeable about Tokyo and took us to some good local eating places. We enjoyed our tour thoroughly and would recommend Akira-san without hesitation.
Hin-san Thank you very much for your message. I am so happy that you enjoyed the days with me. It was my pleaseure to guided you. If you will have another chance to come to Tokyo again and need me as a guide,don’t be a staranger and contact me. Sincerely. Akira
Liked our walk and subway ride through Tokyo’s famous places.
Margret, I am so glad you liked the tour. If you have another chance to come to Tokyo, let’s explore more local and unbeaten paths together! Akira
Amira immediately asked our interests and organized an appropriate itinerary to see major sites and less major neighborhoods. He was very attentive to how we liked what he showed us, to our location in crowds, to our need for a pause or food. His English is idiomatic (he spent 2 years studying acting in NYC). We got so much more out of our day than if we had set off on our own. We wish we had another day with him. Highly recommended.
Ed and Janet, Thank you very much for your warm message. It was my pleasure to be your guide. I am so happy that the weather was so nice, and you enjoyed the day in Tokyo. Well, you haven’t seen all in Tokyo( there will be more gardens you can enjoy...) so I am looking forward to having another chance to explore the city together again. Sincerely, Akira P.S. Thank you for the chocolate. It was so yummy! My mom loved it so much.
My husband and I had quite diverse interests that were not on the usual tourist path but Akira was able to come up with a great itinerary that addressed our varied interests. He was flexible and fun and informative and we really can't say enough good things about him- we enjoyed the day that much! He was able to relate well to both of us and took us to places we would never have found on our own. I'm a licensed guide in my country so I know what makes a good tour (and that this makes me even harder to please!) and Akira was really exceptional.
Cynthia, I hope you well and had a safe trip back home. I am very happy that you really enjoyed the day. It was so nice to see Marco excited in guitar stores in Ochanomizu and to see you happy eating nice warm Oyakodon at noodle place in Yanaka. If you have another chance to come to Tokyo again, please don’t be a stranger and just feel free to contact me. Dewa-Mata! Akira
We met with Akira on the first day of our stay in Tokyo. He is a very friendly and outgoing man, who speaks perfect English. He has a good sense of humor and it was a pleasure to get a basic introduction to Tokyo during out few hours together. I would definatively recommend Akira.
Hello Anna, Thank you for your warm comment. It was my pleasure to be the first Japanese for you to spend some precious time with and I am so glad you enjoyed the tour though the weather was not pleasant. If you have another chance to come back, just let me know. I am happy to show you around more about the city. Dewa-Mata! Akira
The group of us (four men) took a day tour with Akira-san, visiting the Tsukiji fish market, the Sensō-ji temple, and the Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu). Despite the rain that day, Akira-san was always in good spirits, and was very knowledgeable about each location. He even accommodated us with our unplanned whim for an extra stop that day to the Akihabara electronics/anime district. His English was simply excellent: never did we have to ask him to repeat something. We would recommend him without hesitation.
Paul- san, Thank you very much for your warm comment. I am so happy that all of you enjoyed the day with me though the weather was not pleasant. Because of the weather, we could not go to the east garden of the imperial residence however, there will always be another chance. I am looking forward to it. Please take good care of you and I am wishing you a good luck. Dewa-Mata! Sincerely, Akira
My husband and i had such a great day with Akira. He was kind enough to collect us from our hotel, chat through lunch options whilst walking to the train and teaching us the train and subway system as we went. Was a very fast paced day to see many sights which was great for us having such a short day in Tokyo. Would not have been able to see and learn so much by ourselves. Akira put us at ease and it was easy to follow him around for the day and have our questions answered. He was also kind enough to find us a local coffee house to have traditional iced coffee on a hot afternoon and give us further recommendations and tips on travel. Thanks so much to Akira, looking forward to returning next year and will be in touch with you again. Kate & Marko
Kate I hope you well and enjoyed the rest of the day in Tokyo and had a great time in Vegas(!). I am so glad you enjoyed the tour and looking forward to seeing you and having another chance to dhow you around my city again. I am wishing that you will make a happy family! Sincerely, Akira
Akira gave us a perfect introduction to Tokyo. We were quite overwhelmed when we arrived but he helped us to see the highlights and answered all our questions about Japanese culture. Would highly recommend Akira!
Karen Thank you very much for your warm comment. I am so happy that you enjoyed the day with me. We could only have visited only 2 places plus local restaurant ( which was good ramen place!), but I am hoping that this tour will allow you to gain more interest in my strange, funny and adorable country. I hope to see you again! Sincerely, Akira
Communication with Akira prior to the tour was great. He was very professional, prompt and knowledgeable about the area, very patient and helpful with our large group.
Maria I hope you well. Thank you very much for your review. I hope you all enjoyed the evening though the weather was unfortunate. It was only 4-hour tour but I am wishing that it was a good introduction of the city and hope you come back soon. Sincerely, Akira
My family of 4 (two 4 year old boys) went to the Imperial palace, Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji Fosh Market and Asakusa using the subway/jr Systems. We had sushi in the outer market, coffee (while the boys napped on our laps), street foods and some good history/culture too! Akira was great with our boys and us. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and appreciated his guidance. His patience and flexibility to do what we wanted was just what we were looking for! Highly reccomend! And his English was great!
Lisa Thank you very much for your warm comment. I am happy to hear from you that you enjoyed the day. I hope that you enjoyed the rest of the days in Japan, your ancester's home country, and wishing that this trip will be a memorable one. Sincerely, Akira
We spent a wonderful day with Akira touring the sights in Tokyo. He is friendly, knowledgeable, and articulate. He customized the tour to meet our interests, and even helped us visit a small local restaurant for lunch that we never would have been able to visit on our own. He showed us how to navigate the Tokyo subway system so we felt comfortable venturing out on our own after the tour. We highly recommend Akira. He provides a fun, relaxed, and informative introduction to the city! Amy and Roberto, Rhode Island USA
Hello Amy and Roberto, I am so glad you enjoyed the day. It was a good day for walking and enjoying fresh air even in a city center. I hope that you enjoyed the rest of the days as well. If you have another chance to come to Tokyo, I will be happy to be your guide again. Sincerely, Akira
My brother and I had the privilege of a private Tokyo city tour with Akira. This was a last minute trip and we did not have much time to prepare, but Akira was nothing short of amazing!! He planned everything perfectly and we were able to see all of the things we were interested in. Akira even went to the trouble of checking out all of the places we wanted to visit in advance. We simply could not have done any of it without Akira. He is incredibly knowledgeable and fun to be with. I have already recommended Akira to several of my friends in the US who plan to visit Tokyo. I'm only sorry that we didn't have more time! Thank you so much Akira for a great introduction to Tokyo! I'm sure we will be seeing you on our next trip to Japan!
You are very welcome Todd. Thank you very much for your warm comment and I am very happy to hear that you enjoy the day. Since we only had one day, what we could see were limited, however, you will have a good reason to come to Japan again. There will be a lot more to see and more to do. It was my pleasure to work for both of you. If you have another chance to come to Tokyo, I will be happy to be your guide again. Thank you, Akira
Akira was a great guide for our family of first timers to Japan. We let him know what we were interested in and he tailored our tour perfectly. Akira was very easy to understand and also gave us some really good information and tips. We had a fabulous lunch at a local place that he took us to as well. He is a great person and we thoroughly recommend Akira!
Scott, I am so glad to hear that you did enjoyed the day we spend together. I am hoping that there will be another fun and joy waiting for you in Kyoto and Tokyo when you come back. If there is anything I can do, just don't be a stranger and feel free to contact me. Thank you very much for choosing me and it was my pleasure to be a guide for the happiest family from down under. Sincerely, Akira
We are first time visitors of Tokyo with family of 4. We had no clue how the transit system worked. Two days of private tour with Akira helped us tremendously and he was very thorough in explaining how to get around Tokyo. He was super accommodating and flexible during our private tour. We loved his itineraries as they covered an excellent variety of places that satisfied each of us. Akira was diligent, kind, and super fun to hang out with. His English speaking skill was one of the best we've encountered. We consider him the BEST Guide in Tokyo. Highly highly recommend Akira for all your tour needs.
Joni-san, I am so happy that you enjoyed the tours. It was so much fun for me to guide happy and active family like yours. I can easily imagine that now you may have no trouble finding how to get to your destinations anywhere in Tokyo. I am wishing that you enjoy exploring more about the city and the country, and coming back again. Akira
Akira was an outstanding and fun tour guide for our trip to Tokyo! His English was very good and he was prompt in meeting us at our hotel. It was our first time to Tokyo and we weren't sure if we had needed a tour guide, but we are very glad we chose to do so. Akira was very accommodating to the places we wanted to visit and showed us how to navigate the train and subway system, which is very confusing if you don't know how to read Japanese. It definitely helped us with the rest of our trip when we were on our own. He came prepared with a portable white board and have us a crash course on the Japanese language which was very cool. I think we ended up saving a lot of time because of all the insight he provided us, compared to if we had done it on our own. It left us more time to explore Tok... read more
Elizabeth, I am so glad you enjoyed the day. It was so nice to see you and Austin never lost excitement about everything that you experienced during the tour (Sushi in Tsukiji, the magnets, the written fortune and etc...) and It was my pleasure to work for wonderful people like two of you. I am wishing that this trip to Japan will be the memorable one and you would come back, with your beautiful kids next time! Akira
Our family which includes six kids (ages 7-16) had an amazing time with Akira. First, he is VERY responsive during the planning stages. Akira had wonderful recommendations yet was very accommodating to our ideas. Next, he planned ahead and purchased tickets for us in order to expedite our plans and ensured we had as much time as possible to tour not stand in line. Akira was so detailed oriented. He showed up at our apartment and already had memorized all the kid's names, had print-outs of maps, train schedules, etc. all in a folder for us. Akira even knew our dietary preferences and recommended the perfect restaurants. We proceeded to have a super efficient day. Akira was also so helpful to ensure that the rest of our plans in Tokyo were made and that we had all the right direction... read more
Matt, It was my pleasure to work for Garret family. I am so happy to hear that you, Jana, Sam, Matt, Drew, John, Simon, and Grace enjoyed the day we spend together. I was so happy to see everyone wearing Kimono with happy smile and laugh enjoying tea ceremony and I really enjoyed taking pictures of Garrets during that time. Kimono-clad Garrets were all handsome and beautiful. I am so glad you like the foods at the "local" restaurant. That were the foods many of common people in Japan today may have. Thank you very much for your interested in my country and culture. I am wishing that this Japan trip will be the memorable one. Akira
I should start by saying Akira is professional at his craft. He communicates prior to arrival to confirm he arranges the perfect day for his guests. We are a family of 4 with two kids, 8 and 10 so our ideas for fun probably a little different than most. He was great at adjusting and playing along with our family. We booked him twice!
Ken-san Thank you very much for your comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. How did you like the bullet train ride? I can imagine that you are having wonderful Okonomiyaki dinner with your wonderful family. I am wishing that you, Leah, Jules, and Sid will have a wonderful time in Hiroshima and Kyoto! Thank you! Akira
We booked tours with Akira for 2.5 days. He suggested an itinerary for all days and we were able to adjust it before the trip. We really enjoyed our time in Japan and Akira was a part of that! During the trip, we realized that it would take longer to visit certain places (because my parents are older and walk slowly), so he would adjust our itinerary on the fly and make sure we still saw the important sights. He was very patient and helpful - he would look for the escalators and elevators in the train stations to make the walk easier for my parents too! If you're looking for someone to show you around without worrying about how to get to and from places, just book with Akira!! The only tip for improvement I'd have is maybe Akira can explain things more - sometimes he'd only... read more
Thank you very much for your warm message, Kellda san. It was my preasure to work for you and your wonderful family, Roger-san, Nina-san, Mark-san and Keila-san. I was worried a little that if the tour was hard for your parents (especially on rainy 2nd day...) but I am so happy that you all really enjoyed your time in Tokyo. Thank you very much for the tip for improvement that I will always keep it in mind. I hope you will come back again someday, and discover more about my strange, funny and beautiful country and people. Dewa Mata! Akira
Akira was our guide over a 3day period.he had an excellent plan that ended up needing to be modified secondary to the weather.we stilll saw what we wanted to see and it was like having a friend showing us around his home town.we can and do enthusiastically recommend him
Charles, Thank you very much for warm message and I am so glad that you and Jane enjoyed the tour. I am wishing that you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Tokyo fully and have a wonderful time. Please contact me anytime if you need me. I am looking forward to seeing you again. P.S. Please send me a photo of the written fortune you bought at the shrine. I will translate what it's written for you. Akira
We are very much satisfied with the services rendered by Akira. Although our tour was not a usual one for visitors in Japan - visiting High End Supermarkets - Akira came straight away with a suggestion which was further amended based on our own information. What was more interesting was that Akira – once our schedule was confirmed – took the initiative to visit some of the Supermarkets we were intending to visit and took some photos for our reference. Moreover we are very much satisfied by Akira’s attitude and professionalism as a Tour Guide. We would strongly recommend Akira as a Tour Guide to future visitors to Japan.
Thank you very much, Elias-san! I am so glad you satisfied with the tour. As we saw at each store, many of the shelfs of olive oils are filled with Italian's and Spain's. Now its about time to let Tokyoites know that the best one is in Greek. I am looking forward the day that I can easily enjoy fine Greek olive oils in Tokyo light heartedly. If you need me for your next visit, just contact me anytime! Akira
Akira was an extremely friendly,pleasant and knowledgeable guide. He let us take our time and answered all our interminable questions and never seemed to rush us. So glad we chose him as our guide for today and the next two.
Dear Mark I hope you well and returned safely. I am so happy that you enjoyed the tours. It was my pleasure for me to work for you and enjoyed it very much. I hope the things you experienced in Japan make you want to come again and explore more about my country and funny, strange and nice people. Thank you very much for choosing me as your guide. Please take care and I am looking forward to seeing you again. sincerely, Akira
Akira-san made our first day in Tokyo our most memorable by first sending us a sincere letter to our hotel confirming our tour and then greeting us in a most personal and professional manner. His enthusiasm for incredible Tokyo helped us appreciate the complex layers of the capital. Akira custom tailored our tour to our individual interests and even modified our plan during our day to allow us an opportunity to experience a tea ceremony and a sweet shop. Akira really is the best guide I have had the opportunity to work with. You will very much enjoy Tokyo if you call Akira.
Kurt-San Thank you very very much for your warm message. I am so glad that your first impression of Tokyo was good and hoping you have more interest in Japan. I have been Tokyo resident for more than 30 years and I still can not loose interest in my city. Please enjoy the rest of your stay and I am looking forward to having another chance to be your guide again to explore the city together. Arigato-gozaimasu. Dewa-mata! Akira